Darvill Bird Sanctuary

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6 years 5 months ago #51359 by Josey
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I went to Darvill this morning for the first time and must say I was a bit disappointed.
Darvill does not have 3 hides as is stated on the websites (and even Roberts multimedia). I could find one and it is only the shell of an old hide with bugweed growing in and around it. There are no signs or markers anywhere. I was not sure where to go and ended up walking everywhere except where I was supposed to be. I am not sure who runs Darvill but improvements could certainly be made. The websites all mentioned a fee that was payable but for what you expect and what you actually get I certainly don't see how they could charge.
However, I did get my best shot of the black-winged stilt and my first sighting of a Hottentot Teal.
I saw:
EG's, Black Crake, Common moorhen, White-faced ducks, Red-billed Teals, Three-banded plovers, Blacksmith lapwing - all in great abundance.
Black-winged stilt, Hottentot teal, Fish eagle, grey heron, malachite kingfisher, Longcrested eagle
No plovers other than the three-banded plover.

Even though it was not what I expected I will go again (maybe in summer) as I am sure that I will see more.

Jo

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6 years 5 months ago #51397 by John Young
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Hi Jo,

I can understand your frustration seeing I felt the same way on my first visit. But I've been back a few times and each time find a different spot to view from. I was there last Saturday for a few hours and marked off 46 species. I have only ever seen the shell of one hide and assume it's the one you refer to. I believe the birding site was previously managed by Msinsi Holdings, but looks like they're no longer involved. The Umgeni Water (Board) is responsible for management of the water treatment works and any improvements to the ponds, paths etc from a birding point of view is probably fortuitous and certainly not done with birders in mind. I'll follow up with both organisations and find out what they have to say.

Next time you want to go, give me a shout and I'll be able to show you some of the paths and routes I've used to date, and others still to be explored.

regards,
Dave

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6 years 5 months ago #51767 by Josey
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Dave, thank you.
I remember you did offer the same a while ago but I decided to go on the spur of the moment.
Next time I will definitely give you a call but first I have to get a pair of gumboots <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> My takkies and jeans got soaked walking through all the grass and bush on that dam wall.

Happy birding.
jo

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